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Noise Rule

Source: KWPOA Architectural Guidelines Adopted Adopted 8/11/04


No owner shall permit loud and unreasonable noise to emanate beyond their property line that annoys or disturbs the quiet enjoyment of neighboring property owners or residents. The County of Marin also has an ordinance regulating loud and unnecessary noises, and citizen complaints related to noise are investigated by the Marin County Sheriff. Because noise from sound equipment, mechanical equipment, dogs, power tools and construction is most often the source of noise complaints, the following will clarify the Association's rules regarding noise complaints.

Sound Equipment: Unreasonable noise from sound equipment, including but not limited to radios, hifi systems, televisions, and musical instruments, shall be contained within the property lines at all times and any noise from sound equipment emanating beyond an owner's lot must cease between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.


Mechanical Equipment: Noise from mechanical equipment, including but not limited to pool pumps, generators, garage door openers and similar devices,shall be sufficiently soundproofed using the most up to date soundproofing methods so that unreasonable noise is contained within the property lines at all times. Design reviews of driveways, arrival courts, sports courts, paved terraces, pool and other noise generating areas will ensure minimal increases in existing noise levels experienced by neighbors.


Dog Barking: Residents shall take all reasonable steps to prevent dogs from barking and making noise that disturbs and annoys neighbors. Incessant barking is expressly prohibited.


Power Tools: The use of noise producing manual or power tools, including but not limited to leaf blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, chippers, power washers, and similar equipment, is only permitted between 7:30am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday, 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturdays and should be avoided unless reasonably necessary on Sundays, state or national holidays. Consistent use of noisy tools on Sundays or holidays may be considered unreasonable and subject to enforcement action.


Construction: Regulations and permit approvals limit the hours for construction-related activities to between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. No construction is allowed on Sundays, state or national holidays. Loud noise-generating construction-related equipment (e.g., backhoes, generators, jackhammers) can be maintained, operated, or serviced at a construction site from 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday only.

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